Russia’s next big star and midfielder Aleksandr Golovin has joined the French club AS Monaco after his rumoured move to London this summer.

The former CSKA Moscow midfielder has been announced by the French club after days of negotiation between the two clubs.

The 22-year-old, who starred for his country in the recently concluded FIFA World Cup has signed a five-year contract with the Ligue 1 club.

This all happened after, in the last week, his friend and fellow teammate Sergey Chepchugov had hinted a move to Chelsea.

Chelsea’s head coach Maurizio Sarri had stated his interest on capturing the midfielder after his impressive performance in the World Cup. However, now it appears that the former Napoli boss is looking at elsewhere to strengthen his midfield.

Vasilyev has his say on Golovin:

Monaco’s vice-president Vadim Vasilyev, earlier admitted that there was competition for his signature from “very large European clubs”.

Vasilyev, further told the club’s website: “We are very happy with the arrival of Aleksandr Golovin at AS Monaco.”

The vice-president, further complimented the midfielder with the club following him for a long time now much earlier to his stint in the World Cup.

Playing time might have been the reason that Golovin picked Monaco over Chelsea. The midfielder played his part in all of Russia’s encounter this summer, with the hosts eventually falling out to Croatia in the quarter-finals.

Golvin’s excitement knew no bounds:

“I am very happy to sign at AS Monaco,” Golovin said. “This is a new adventure for me that I approach with a lot of ambitions. I am now very much looking forward to meeting the staff and my new teammates and to get going.”

“Despite the competition of very large European clubs, Aleksandr has chosen the sporting project of Monaco, which will offer him the best conditions to continue his progress.” concluded the vice-president as he welcomed the Russian to Monaco.

The midfielder has already been a vital cog to his previous suitors at CSKA with Golovin scoring against Arsenal in the Europa League.

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